Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I take part?

To be eligible for CIAG funding, your organisation must:

  • Operate predominantly in the Devon Local Authority area. If in doubt check your postcode here.
  • Be classed as a small, medium or micro in size, employing fewer than 250 people.
  • Have received less than €200,000 of public funding in the last three years.
  • Provide at least 50% contribution towards total project costs. (Not For Private Profit organisations must provide a 40% minimum contribution).
  • Operate within the Adult Social Care sector.
  • Have undergone a business diagnostic or health check through the Growth Hub or BIP (Business Information Point)
  • Have audited accounts for the last 2 years (not applicable if you are a start-up organisation)
  • Have an up to date business plan in place with 3 years financial projections
  • Meet at least the first of the three CIAG programme aims:
    1. To increase sufficiency in the ASC sector across Devon by supporting the market (including personal, residential and unregulated care) to: grow; develop; and diversify, as appropriate.
    2. To encourage innovation; take-up of new technology; new delivery models; and partnership developments.
    3. To stimulate ‘edge of care’ outreach and prevention activities by; promoting and supporting independence; connecting people to their communities; keeping people healthier for longer; and thereby reducing the need for statutory intervention

How much funding could I receive?

Grants of between £5,000 and £80,000 are available as a contribution towards overall project costs.  You will need to have all matched funding (the balance of the project costs less the grant applied for) in place at the point of application for grant funding (matched funding cannot include future expected income).  The percentage of grant funding available depends upon the type of business you are.

Businesses can apply for 50% of eligible revenue costs or 40% of eligible capital costs. Not for private profit organisations can apply for 60% of eligible revenue costs and 50% of eligible capital costs.

What can I use the funding for?

The funding can be for Capital costs, Revenue costs, or mixed capital and revenue costs.

Revenue Grants (between £5K and £40K) are to support providers to implement innovative ways of diversifying and for prevention activities.

Revenue costs include things like staff costs, service charges, rent, utility bills, advertising & promotion etc. Further examples include painting, decorating, non-structural repairs, adaptations, office moves, regular contract charges to maintain access or service and on-going running costs; for NEW service delivery (not for existing business premises or costs)

Points that often need extra clarification:

  • Websites – this is revenue unless it can be shown that major one-off bespoke work is needed to implement
  • Cloud infrastructure – this is revenue unless a binding contract can be demonstrated to give Devon County Council control beyond a year
  • Training – this is revenue. The development of staff is a running cost
  • Leases – generally revenue but may in some cases be a classed as a capital expenditure – we will determine this on a case by case basis. We may need to see a copy of your lease and will request it if required

Capital Grants (between £2.5K and £80K) are for providers, particularly social enterprises, to undertake capital works which will enable them to take on board new innovations and technology where this will grow/diversify the business or allow them to undertake additional preventative/outreach activities.

Capital expenditure is money used to purchase, upgrade, improve, or extend the life of long-term assets. Long-term assets are typically property, infrastructure, or equipment with a useful life of more than one year.  Examples of capital expenditure include refurbishing or extending a building, purchasing new furniture or equipment, ICT hardware or software, vehicle purchases etc.

What should my project be?

The details of your project are up to you. Be as creative, innovative and exciting as you like! Your project must contribute to the first of the three CIAG programme aims outlined above.

How do I apply?

We would advise you, as the first step, to get some great business advice via a meeting with a business advisor from BIP – Business Information Point. These business advisors can assess the right support for your business and assist you with the grant application process.  Having met with one of these business advisors you can then register your interest by emailing the CIAG team (ciag@devon.gov.uk) to ask for an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. We will then send you guidance on how to complete the EOI along with the EOI form.

If you have already undergone a business diagnostic and feel you are ready to apply for a CIAG Grant, contact us directly by emailing ciag@devon.gov.uk We will send you the EOI form and guidance.

Please return your Expression of Interest form to ciag@devon.gov.uk.

How does it work?

The grant scheme is open from 08 August 2018. The application process follows a 2-stage system:

  • Expression of Interest stage – this is the first step in detailing your project. When we receive your expression of interest form we will check your eligibility, and assess whether you can be invited to submit a full application.
    • Note: an invitation to full application stage does not guarantee that you will receive funding – this is dependent on your full application details and the decision of the CIAG panel.  Grants are awarded as part of a competitive process so eligibility does not guarantee an award.
    • We will assess all Expressions of Interest within 30 days.
  • Full Application stage – if your Expression of Interest is successful, we will invite you to complete a Full Application Pack and submit this by a given deadline.  Failure to provide all the required information may delay your application.
    • Appraisal – Once we have your complete Full Application Pack, it will be appraised by an appraiser and submitted for consideration by the CIAG decision making panel.
    • Decision Making Panel – The CIAG decision making panel will make the decision regarding any funding approval.

In your application you will be asked to provide evidence of your financial situation, including details of your matched funding.  You will also be asked to provide quotes for all project costs (revenue and capital).

When can I apply?

The programme is open for Expressions of Interest from 08 August 2018.

We have suggested application deadlines in line with the appropriate Decision Making Panel dates. Please note, these are guidelines only. If you submit your application in line with these dates we will ensure your application is assessed at the next panel meeting (provided we require no further information from you). If you submit after these dates, your application may not be assessed until the following Decision Making Panel Meeting. We urge you to submit your application as soon as it is ready, as we may need to request more information from you and you will need time to compile this.  Failure to meet submission deadlines will delay your application.

Next suggested submission dates:

EOIs can be submitted at any time. Following a successful EOI you will be invited to submit a full application. (FA)

Round 9

FA Submission Deadline: 30/01/20

Decision Making Panel Meeting: 12/03/20

How long does the programme run for?

All projects must be completed prior to 30 June 2020. The current CIAG Grants Fund Scheme ends on 30 June 2020. The deadline for applications to the current scheme ends on 30 January 2020. There is currently a proposal to extend the scheme until 31 March 2022, this proposal is subject to confirmation of the Council’s budget which is due after 14th February 2020. Expressions of Interest and Full Applications to the CIAG Grants Fund received after 30 January 2020 will be processed pending the proposed budgetary confirmation of the programme extension; thus applications received after 30 January 2020 may not progress further should the scheme not subsequently receive ongoing funding.

Remember:

The grant scheme is to fund projects that will achieve outcomes towards the three Creative Innovation and Growth programme aims; your project MUST meet at least the first aim of the programme:

  1. To increase sufficiency in the ASC sector across Devon by supporting the market (including personal, residential and unregulated care) to: grow; develop; and diversify, as appropriate.
  2. To stimulate ‘edge of care’ outreach and prevention activities by: promoting and supporting independence; connecting people to their communities; keeping people healthier for longer; and thereby reducing the need for statutory intervention.
  3. To encourage innovation; take-up of new technology; new delivery models; and partnership developments.

Make sure you plan your project and application around these.

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